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Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT) began in the Cardinal Innovations Healthcare catchment area in January 2008. The training educates law enforcement and telecommunicators about the disability groups served by Cardinal Innovations Healthcare. It also informs trainees of the community resources available to them. There are several components to the training, being that of, classroom instruction, community resource field trips, face-to-face member engagement, assimilation exercises and role-play.

Crisis Intervention Team Training is more than just training; at its core, it is jail diversion. It has the potential to save lives from both an officer safety standpoint and a community resident standpoint. Cardinal Innovations Healthcare's goal is to train 25 percent of every department in its catchment, which includes Alamance, Cabarrus, Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Mecklenburg, Orange, Person, Rowan, Stanly, Union, Vance and Warren.

It is the hope of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare that our communities will see CIT as a viable option when in crisis. If you must call police to a situation involving a behavioral health crisis, you may request that a CIT-trained officer be dispatched if one is available.

For more information about CIT contact LaShay Avery, the Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator, at 704-721-7050 or lashay.avery@cardinalinnovations.org.

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